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Brian L. Kennedy has studied Chinese martial arts since 1976 and is a black belt with the Ching Yi Kung Fu Association. He lived in Taiwan for 15 years, studying both traditional Chinese martial arts and Western boxing. He has published over 50 martial arts articles, which have appeared in Inside Kung Fu magazine and Taiwan Wulin magazine, among others. He lives in San Diego, CA.

Elizabeth Nai Jia Guo is a professional translator specializing in law, religious studies, and martial arts. She lives in Tapei, Taiwan.

Mr. Kennedy and Ms. Guo both write on a regular basis for Classical Fighting Arts magazine and Kung Fu Tai Chi magazine, and have co-authored three published books, including Chinese Martial Arts Training Manuals- A Historical Survey, published by Blue Snake Books.


“Brian Kennedy and Elizabeth Guo have produced a fascinating and thorough work on the real Jingwu Association, providing heretofore unprecedented access to the foundation, training, and culture of this very important and interesting time and place in the history of Chinese martial arts.”
—Tim Cartmell, translator of A Study of Taijiquan by Sun Lutang and The Method of Chinese Wrestling by Tong Zhongyi

“A spectacular contribution to filling the gap in early twentieth-century Chinese martial arts and cultural history.”
—Stanley Henning, Chinese martial arts historian

“This book should be required reading for anyone who is studying a Chinese martial art. Traditional martial artists of the Japanese and Korean varieties will also find this book worth reading, as well as those who are interested in Eastern or Chinese history and culture.”
—Striking Thoughts

“I really enjoyed reading [Jingwu] and would definitely recommend to all readers who are interested in finding out more about the cultural context of Chinese martial arts during the Republican period through the lens of the Jing wu organization.”
—Be not defeated by the Rain

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